1980 Dow's Vintage Port

SKU #980711 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Approachable now, but capable of further positive evolution, the 1980 is lush and supple, with abundant chocolate and dried-spice flavors and a long, warming finish. Drink now–2025.  (3/2008)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A lovely soft nose of fig, prune and baked cherry. The palate is spicy and supple, not overly complex with a toffee-tinged finish. (NM)  (9/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A forgotten wine that has always been outstanding. Firm and tight, with raspberry and allspice character. Full-bodied and sweet, with a long, long finish. (JS)  (12/1999)

Jancis Robinson

 Healthy crimson with a deep garnet rim. Light putty nose. Tastes like claret! Relatively dry. Great balance but not that sweet. Very stylistically dry and different.  (3/2017)

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds.


- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare.